Sunday, July 31, 2011

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

VHS on 7/30/11
Well, this is two and a half hours of my life that I will never get back. I absolutely refuse to call this a thriller, despite what Netflix and IMDB might say, because nothing. happens. At all. The words that sprang to mind halfway through this film were "long visual poem." That's not a good sign. I will say that the special effects are pretty awesome, given that it was 1968, and the music is iconic of course, but that is it. What was that acid trip daydream sequence at the end? Was HAL supposed to be menacing? I'm glad I watched it, because now I never have to watch it again.
My Netflix rating: 2 stars

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  1. It plays better on a big screen and likewise on repeat watching.

  2. You can't watch this movie on VHS. It makes no sense playing in Widescreen. Like Hatter said, the closer you get to see it to the way it was intended to be seen the more immersive it becomes and the more profound it reveals itself to be.